Agbonlahor savages West Ham after news on potential £700m+ deal - 'it's terrible'
Gabby Agbonlahor has urged West Ham to steer clear of making a mega-money full purchase of the “terrible” London Stadium.
The former Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Irons should instead follow in the footsteps of their London rivals and construct a new purpose-built ground.
According to The Times (27 March), West Ham could buy the loss-making London Stadium from the publicly-funded London Legacy Development Corporation.
The report claims the Irons pay a yearly rent of just £3.6 million but don’t pay for any upkeep – an agreement which has been described as “the deal of the century”.
London Stadium reportedly cost £701million once renovations to make it suitable to host football were completed.
As per Transfermarkt, West Ham have had an average attendance of 52,044 this season as David Moyes’ side fight against relegation to the Championship.
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Agbonlahor told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “It’s going to come down to a business decision from the owners.
“But everyone I know who has been say there is more atmosphere on a Sunday night walking down the street.
“It’s a terrible stadium. The fans are so far from the pitch that you can just about see the players.
“It isn’t a football stadium. It’s an arena.
“Look at Tottenham, they’ve built a new ground and the fans are so close to the pitch. That’s what it’s about when you go to the football.
“There’s no atmosphere at West Ham, and I think they can do better. Look at the other clubs in London, they’ve managed to build good new stadiums.
“For me, I wouldn’t want to go and watch a game at the London Stadium.”
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